Uhuru lands in South Africa to oversee elections

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 24 May, 2024 14:15 | 2 mins read
Former president Uhuru Kenyatta addresses members of the Africa Union elections observer mission in South Africa. PHOTO/ (@_AfricanUnion)/ X
Former president Uhuru Kenyatta addresses members of the Africa Union elections observer mission in South Africa. PHOTO/ (@_AfricanUnion)/ X

Former president Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in South Africa ahead of the country's general elections on May 29, 2024.

Together with the other members of the African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM), the former President who is the current head of the mission, landed in the country to prepare for the activities in the elections.

At the invitation of the government of South Africa and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, approved the deployment of the short-term AUEOM to assess and report on the conduct of this election.

"The mission shall interact with state authorities, the Independent Electoral Commission, political parties, the media, civil society organisations and representatives of the international community in the upcoming 2024 elections," a statement by the AU read.

The AUEOM comprises 60 short-term observers (STOs) drawn from ambassadors accredited to the African Union, officials of election management bodies and members of African civil society organisations.

It also includes African election experts, human rights specialists, gender and media experts, and representatives of youth organizations. 

Uhuru's role

The observers are drawn from 24 countries which include Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In a statement, the AU noted that the observer mission will base its assessment on the legal framework governing elections in South Africa and the OAU/AU declaration on the principles governing democratic elections, the standards and obligations stipulated in the African charter on democracy, elections and governance (ACDEG), and the international declaration of principles (DoP) for international election observation among others.

The Mission will release its preliminary findings and recommendations on the conduct of the elections on 31 May 2024 in a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A final and comprehensive report will be released within two months from the date of announcement of final election results.

In early May, the AU appointed former president Uhuru Kenyatta to lead the AU election observer mission in South Africa.

"The Republic of South Africa is scheduled to hold General Elections on 29 May 2024. As the country makes final preparations towards this end, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, will deploy an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to South Africa," AU stated at the time

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